Kampgrounds of America Inc. is now an official sponsor of the National Wildlife Federationâ€™s annual â€œGreat America Backyard Campoutâ€ event.
The Great American Backyard Campout, planned for Saturday, June 25, will bring thousands of people across the nation out into their backyards, neighborhoods, communities, parks and area campgrounds to take part in a one-night event that will provide an experience for all generations to connect with nature.
â€œThe solution for many of societyâ€™s current challenges, including obesity and stress, can be found outdoors,â€ said Kampgrounds of America CEO Jim Rogers. â€œWeâ€™re thrilled to be able to help National Wildlife Federation in their efforts with the Great American Backyard Campout.â€
No prior camping experience is required to take part in the June 25 event. Campers are encouraged to go to www.backyardcampout.org to register their campout and receive creative ideas and simple cooking recipes to enhance their Great American Campout experience.
Campers taking part in the event are also encouraged to take pledges to raise donations for National Wildlife Federation programs that address the problem of Americaâ€™s â€œindoor childhoodâ€™ and the health risks associated with a lack of outdoor activities. The National Wildlife Federation uses 80 cents of every dollar raised during the Great American Backyard Campout to support childrenâ€™s outdoor programs.
The Great American Backyard Campout is part of the special event series from National Wildlife Federationâ€™s Be Out There movement. National Wildlife Federation is celebrating its 75th anniversary as America’s largest conservation organization. National Wildlife Federation works with more than 4 million members, partners and supporters in communities across the country to protect wildlife and reconnect people with nature. Today, 75 years and many successes later, NWF continues to be the nationâ€™s leading advocate for wildlife and wild places.
A second co-sponsor of the event is REI (Recreational Equipment Inc.). Both REI and KOA are committed to the success of the Great American Backyard Campground event, and National Wildlife Federationâ€™s mission regarding youth-oriented programs.